September 18th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Men arrested in possible pope plot released, police say

Police say they have released six men arrested in connection with a possible attack on the pope.

Six men arrested on suspicion of being terrorists during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom have been freed without charges, Scotland Yard spokesman Alan Crockford said Sunday morning.

The men were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to hold them without charge for 28 days. Searches were carried out at a business in central London and at residential locations in north and east London, police said.

Five of the men were street cleaners for Westminister City Council, the borough of London that includes Parliament, Westminster Abbey and many of the city's tourist attractions, the council said.

They work for one of Westminister's contractors, Veolia Environmental Services, the council said.

Five of the men were arrested early Friday at a business on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, police said. A sixth man was arrested later that day.

The men are ages 26, 27, 29, 36, 40, and 50.

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  1. abrown

    The idea of people being able to do and practice as they feel are dead where Muslims are concerned, unfortunately for Islam. Terrorism is the common denominator and fear of this around the world cause ppl to act and say things seemingly out of character. No one however wants to be caught twice. Nine-eleven was the first most extreme and the eye opener. And America will not allow a second attack like that to ever happen here again, as well, they will refute it in any other place around the world. So even if they werent Muslims they were deemed threatening and at this point, the Catholics arent taking any chances with anyone!

    September 19, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. abrown

    Does the Gop serve a purpose? Thats a better question to pose.

    September 19, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. UK lad

    The UK is a police state. We have the most cameras per citizen. We are encouraged to spy on our neighbours and report them even if we think they are "antisocial". What a society. Its a very sharply divided society. Thats why they are giving us this new form of democracy with the silly Liberal Democrats swayig the balace of power between New Labour and Old Conservatives – I dont understand why the parties dont just merge and form a dictatorship.

    September 19, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Taiwo Hollist

    Given the hysterical coverage the arrests were given it now seems odd to say the least that those involved have now been released without charge. I know it's easy to say this after the event but I can't help feeling the authorities should perhaps have been a little more through prior to the arrests as there is a danger that if this happens repeatedly after a while we won't take such perceived threats seriously anymore.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sarah


    September 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. wawawa

    where does he live under a rock?

    September 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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